Observations from Kew Gardens (UK) and now Houston (US).
November 08, 2009
VRC Hungary: Budapest
It was pouring in Budapest so Teresa and most of the ship opted for the bus tour. A few stalwarts and I insisted on the walking tour since we were promised a ride on a funicular and the metro.
We also toured an abandoned apartment in which we could still admire its opulent luxury.
Later, we compared notes over coffee and pastry at Cafe Gerbeaud.
We found we had both seen many of the same "must-see" Budapest highlights including the Royal Palace (only a facade), Fishermen's Bastion, the Chain Bridge connecting hilltop Buda with sprawling lower Pest (note Hammersmith Bridge engineer William Tierney Clark also designed this bridge), and the colorful roof of Matyas Church fronted by King / Saint Stephen.
Together, we visited St Stephen's Basilica.
And took a few night photos before returning to the ship.